Emergency services were called to the River Trent after a 15-year-old girl was swept away by the current after slipping in the river this afternoon (Tuesday June 16).
Police, paramedics and firefighters were called after the teenager, who was with her friends, went into the river and lost her footing near Westbridge Park, Stone, earlier today.
The fire service said a fence prevented her from being carried further downstream and she managed to keep her head above the water – which was deeper than usual following rain.
Her friends called for help and firefighters from Stone, Longton and Newcastle-under-Lyme used a line to pull her to safety.
She was assessed by paramedics and, although she was cold, she was unharmed.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service station manager, Martin Weaver, said: “The Trent was swollen after the heavy rains and quite deep and fast-moving. Thankfully we were able to get her out of the river safely and she’s unharmed by the experience.
“But, as more people are getting out and about in the warmer weather this is a timely reminder that people should not swim in open water as it is easy to get into difficulties due to the cold or currents.
“It is often not possible to gauge the depth and power of the water or what might be at the bottom.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service added the dangers of water include: very cold temperatures, hidden currents, fast flowing water, deep water, locks and weirs, pollution, hidden rubbish and debris.
It may also be difficult to get out and there will not be lifeguards present.